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CLEVELAND -- The surprising Cleveland Indians will get two chances to set the franchise record for wins in April.

The way they've been playing at home, it may take only one.

Fausto Carmona pitched seven solid innings Thursday night, and the Indians belted four solo homers in an 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals -- the 10th straight home win for Cleveland.

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The Indians (16-8) opened a 4 1/2-game lead over the Royals and Tigers in the AL Central, heading into Friday night's series opener against Detroit. The Indians' 16 wins in April ties the club record set in 1988, 1996 and 1999.

"I'm proud of these guys," manager Manny Acta said. "This was a very good series. We did just about everything. We swung the bat very well tonight, hit some balls loud, square."

Carmona (2-3) was coming off a 10-3 loss Saturday in Minnesota and rebounded by throwing 60 of 86 pitches for strikes, walking two and allowing five hits and two runs.

It helped that his offense staked him to an 8-0 lead.

"This is a lot of fun," Carmona said. "It helps to have my teammates hitting."

Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana connected for consecutive homers with two outs in the first inning off Kyle Davies (1-3). Grady Sizemore opened the third with his fourth homer and Shelley Duncan, a late lineup addition when DH Travis Hafner was scratched with an inflamed right ankle, began the fourth with his first of the year to make it 4-0.

That made it 17 homers allowed by Kansas City during its six-game losing streak.

"We've seen a bunch of them," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It hasn't been a fun week -- [hopefully] we can get home and start something."

The Royals have dropped nine of 11 and open a nine-game homestand Friday against Minnesota, after going 0-6 on a trip to Texas and Cleveland in which they were outscored 46-22.

"I got my butt kicked by a good team who's hot," Davies said. "There's no excuses. I have to get more swings and misses. I couldn't stop it."

Jeff Francoeur stretched his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games for Kansas City. He doubled in the seventh and Wilson Betemit followed with a two-run double to make it 8-2.

Until then, Carmona was in trouble only once.

Matt Treanor blooped a one-out single to right for the Royals' first hit in the third inning. He went to third on a double down the third-base line by Alcides Escobar.

Carmona then got leadoff man Jarrod Dyson to ground to first baseman Matt LaPorta, who threw home. Santana ran Treanor back toward third base and applied the tag as Escobar took third and Dyson second. Carmona then struck out Melky Cabrera.

"He threw 21 of 27 first-pitch strikes and could have finished the game," Acta said. "We didn't need to squeeze every inning out of him."

Jack Hannahan had a two-run double in the Indians' fourth and scored on a double by Sizemore. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with another RBI double for an 8-0 lead.

Davies allowed eight runs and nine hits over 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander had yielded only one homer in 26 innings over his first five starts.

Notes

  • Cleveland put RHP Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day DL with an inflamed right elbow and recalled RHP Frank Herrmann from Triple-A Columbus. RHP Alex White will be called up Saturday to make his major league debut in Carrasco's rotation spot. White was a first-round draft pick in 2009.
  • Hafner will have an MRI exam on his ankle. He took batting practice and was available to hit.
  • Sizemore, who had microfracture surgery on his left knee in June, was replaced in CF in the seventh as a precaution when a drizzle dampened the field.
  • Davies dropped to 3-6 against Cleveland.
  • Royals 2B Chris Getz, in a 3-for-15 slump, got the night off.
 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

F. Carmona
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 2
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jarrod Dyson, CF4000012 .071
Melky Cabrera, LF4000012 .279
Alex Gordon, 1B4000010 .327
Billy Butler, DH2110200 .315
Jeff Francoeur, RF3110001 .330
    Mitch Maier, RF1000001 .200
Wilson Betemit, 3B4012011 .349
Mike Aviles, 2B-SS4000002 .221
Matt Treanor, C3020001 .163
Alcides Escobar, SS3010002 .224
    Chris Getz, 2B0000000 .234
Totals3226224  
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (6, Germano), Jeff Francoeur (8, Carmona), Wilson Betemit (7, Carmona), Alcides Escobar (4, Carmona)
RBI - Wilson Betemit 2 (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Aviles-Gordon
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Davies (L,1-3) 3.1988144 7.98
Tim Collins 2.2100220 4.60
Blake Wood 1000000 4.70
Aaron Crow 1000110 0.00
WP - Kyle Davies (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 75-42, Tim Collins 49-30, Blake Wood 11-6, Aaron Crow 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 1-5, Tim Collins 2-3, Blake Wood 3-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 20, Tim Collins 10, Blake Wood 3, Aaron Crow 4
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Grady Sizemore, CF4222001 .390
    Austin Kearns, LF1000011 .161
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4011011 .260
    Adam Everett, SS0000000 .375
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4121001 .250
Carlos Santana, C4111022 .192
Shelley Duncan, DH4111022 .348
Orlando Cabrera, 2B4120000 .270
Michael Brantley, LF-CF2100201 .284
Matt LaPorta, 1B4000014 .235
Jack Hannahan, 3B2112201 .290
Totals33810847  
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (8, Davies), Asdrubal Cabrera (4, Davies), Jack Hannahan (4, Davies)
HR - Grady Sizemore (4, Davies), Shin-Soo Choo (4, Davies), Carlos Santana (3, Davies), Shelley Duncan (1, Davies)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (9), Asdrubal Cabrera (15), Shin-Soo Choo (15), Carlos Santana (12), Shelley Duncan (5), Jack Hannahan 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (3), Carlos Santana (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Cabrera-LaPorta
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Fausto Carmona (W,2-3) 7522220 5.15
Tony Sipp 1000010 2.45
Justin Germano 1100010 4.00
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 86-60, Tony Sipp 12-9, Justin Germano 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 10-8, Justin Germano 2-0
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 27, Tony Sipp 3, Justin Germano 4
Game Information
Attendance - 9076
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Laz Diaz